Thursday, September 30, 2010

Great Start to a Great Year!

We are four and a half weeks into the school year, halfway through the first grading period.  It has been a great year so far.  Fall Festival is passed, we've taken school pictures, the magazine sale is over, athletics have started,  the leaves are turning and the weather has cooled off considerably.  There is good news in everything that is happening at PCS.

Our SAT scores are in, and while test scores are not the "bottom line" in Christian education, they are important both to the students who are planning to go on to college, and in helping our teachers determine where instructional improvements need to be made.  Almost all of our graduating seniors are college bound, and their scores help with getting in to the college of their choice, and with scholarship money to pay for it.  Once again, PCS students exceeded the state and national norms on the SAT, achieving an average score close to 1700 and are among the highest achievers in the region. 

Our varsity soccer and volleyball teams continue to do well against competition from the SWCAC and non-conference opponents.  JV and junior high volleyball has also enjoyed some success, as well as the junior high soccer team.  The recent magazine sale, which provides financial help to the athletic boosters for our sports programs, exceeded last year's total by more than $800.  Thank you to all of the parents and students who support the school's athletic programs. 

The weather could not have been better for the Fall Festival, and the facial expressions of the crowd that materialized to enjoy it told the whole story, from the soccer game that kicked it all off to the "Deal or No Deal" game at the end.  It was great to see families and friends of PCS having such a great time.  The petting zoo was my personal favorite. 

Doing things with excellence is a byproduct of being obedient to God and living to please him.  He's given us grace and salvation through his son, and he's given us his word to live by.  When we walk with his Spirit, guided by his word,  we are blessed.  The ministry of this school is a blessing to many people, and it is up to those of us who are directly involved with it to be good spiritual stewards of it.  What we see happening with our students in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in their daily lives depends on God's blessing.  Thank you for being part of that, and for joining me in prayer for God's blessings on PCS to continue.

Friday, September 10, 2010

What is the Proeliator?

Proeliator is the Latin word for warrior.  At Portersville Christian School, our athletic teams bear the name "The Warriors."  That might sound a little bit unusual for a Christian school, but if you look at Ephesians 6:10-18, Paul speaks to Christians encouraging them to put on the full armor of God, and go forward to take a stand, not in a physical way, but in a spiritual way. 

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." 

The "weapons" that Christian warriors use in this spiritual battle are prayer, and the word of God.  The analogies that Paul weaves into this passage compare the equipment of a warrior with the equipment of a Christian saint, truth, righteousness, readiness that comes from the gospel of peace, faith and salvation.

Christians are called to be peacemakers.  "Blessed are the peacemakers," said Jesus, "for they will be called sons of God."  So why all the talk about spiritual battles, and warfare, and warriors? 

There is a battle between God and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms, as Paul clearly states.  And while in the life we live, and in the relationships we have with others, being a peacemaker is a characteristic which identifies a Christian, we are engaged in a spiritual struggle, one which can influence us, and control our life, and which can ultimately have an affect on the life we live in this world as well as our eternal destiny.  So God has made provision for his people, first to be protected with spiritual armor that he provides, in order to withstand the spiritual attacks that have the potential to rob us of the abundant life he wants us to have in Christ, and gives us weapons to go on the offensive, and claim spiritual ground in Jesus' name. 

A Christian school plays a vital role in that spiritual battle.  Using a similar analogy, we are training the children  who are enrolled here how to protect themselves with the spiritual armor that God provides, and we are teaching them his truth, so that they can claim spiritual territory for themselves and grow in their relationship with the living God through Christ. 

Portersville Christian School exists to train children to be citizens of the Kingdom of God.  It is a comprehensive discipleship ministry, integrating the truths of the word of God, the "sword", into the educational process.  Our ability to acknowledge God as the source of all truth gives the education we provide meaning and purpose, something that can't be done unless  God is acknowledged.  Training children can't be separated into "secular" and "religious" realms. 

So what you will find when you visit the Proeliator is communication from the administrator of PCS for the community of parents, students, faculty and staff that will help you and encourage you in the ministry to which you have been called, to raise up children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Sometimes, the topics will cover Christian education in general, sometimes it will be about what is happening at Portersville Christian School.  Comments, presented in a Christlike spirit, along with suggestions, will be welcome.